Scatchard, Admirals Make History in Win
Milwaukee, WI—Dave Scatchard became the first Admirals in almost ten years to score four goals in a game as Milwaukee routed the Chicago Wolves 8-1 on Friday night at the Bradley Center in the final game of the Amtrak Series. The win gives the Ads 91 points on the season and makes Milwaukee the first team in AHL history to have seven consecutive seasons of 40 or more wins and 90 or more points.
Scatchard scored the last three goals of the games, all of them in the third period, to become the 19th player in franchise history, and the first since the team joined the AHL, to light the lamp four times. The last player to do it was Randy Robitaille, who scored four against the Wolves on February 24, 2001 in a 6-5 OT win. Scatchard, who added assist to finish the night with five points, was also the first Admiral to score a hat trick this season.
The Ads stepped on the gas at the opening faceoff and never let off. Mike Santorelli kick started the Ads offense with an early first period goal. Santorelli turned a transition opportunity into a 1-0 Milwaukee lead. Scatchard connected with Santorelli at the point, Santorelli controlled the puck with some nifty stick handling as he skated into the slot before lifting a backhander past Chicago’s goaltender Peter Mannino.
Out of a TV time out the Ads struck again. After Milwaukee won the faceoff, the puck took a fortuitous bank off the wall to Milwaukee defensemen Alexander Sulzer who was positioned at the left point. Sulzer used his powerful slap shot to blast the puck past Mannino for a 2-0 Milwaukee lead.
The Ads got their third goal of the game with just 28 seconds left in the first period. The Admirals cycled the puck around the top of the zone to Teemu Laakso at the right circle. Laakso ripped a driving slap shot that went wide of the net but caromed off the back wall. Marty Murray was in position to make a play and chipped it off the back of his stick past Mannino, who was caught out of position. It was Murray’s fifteenth goal of the season overall and his fifth with Milwaukee.
Despite their efforts, the Chicago Wolves couldn’t derail Milwaukee’s offensive train on this night. Teemu Laakso got involved in the scoring as he tallied his fourth goal of the season in the second period. Laakso’s shot, while not overly powerful, was well placed and found just the right angle from the right circle position to tuck the puck inside just inside the far goal post.
Milwaukee tallied a fifth goal late in the third as a centering pass from Ryan Thang found Scatchard in the slot. Scatchard slapped the puck into the netting for his seventeenth goal of the season.
Chicago broke through in the scoring column not long after on a Kevin Doell goal. Doeall captured a loose rebound in the slot and deposited it for his fifteenth goal of the season, making it a 5-1 game, but that was all the Wolves could muster on the night.
After the second the Wolves decided Peter Mannino had seen enough action for the night and inserted former Admirals Drew MacIntyre in his stead, but MacIntyre didn’t fare any better.
Milwaukee posted another goal, this time on the power play. Scatchard stickhandled his way beneath the left circle, across MacIntyre’s face before sliding the puck between the net minder’s pads for his eighteenth goal of the season to give Milwaukee a 6-1 lead.
To put an exclamation point on an impressive performance, Dave Scatchard went for the hat trick. Mark Van Guilder made a heady pass to find Scatchard in the slot with no one challenging. Scatchard snapped off a one-timer past MacIntyre’s glove for his third goal of the night. Scatchard’s hat trick goal pushed the Admirals to a 7-1 lead midway through the third.
But Scatchard wasn’t done. With the help of Andreas Thuresson, Scatchard beat MacIntyre’s stick after the two drove into the Chicago zone two-on-one.
Almost lost in the shuffle amidst all the offense provided by Milwaukee was a solid evening between the pipes for Admirals goaltender Mark Dekanich. Dekanich turned back twenty-three of twenty-four shots, putting the brakes on Chicago’s offense and erasing any chance they had of getting back into the game. It was his 27th win of the season.
The Ads wrap up the regular season on Sunday, April 11th at 5:00 pm against the Grand Rapids Griffins at the Bradley Center in Fan Appreciation Night. The Admirals office will be open from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm to accommodate any fans who would like to purchase tickets or pick up some Ads gear for the playoffs.
Fans can buy tickets for Sunday or games three and four of the playoffs by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of ten or more people receive a minimum of $2 off of each ticket. For more information or to order group tickets call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.